Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Always more new records in Record Search Pilot
A new image collection, Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records from 1622 to 1958 has just been added to the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot. Although not indexed, the availability of these images adds a new dimension to online research in Mexico. The huge online subscription services focus their collections on the U.S. and Great Britain, and to some extent in Europe. But up until now, with the introduction of these records, the only way to do research in Latin America was through microfilms.
The images can only be a good as the originals and some of the records are in really bad condition, especially those that have been mistreated and not preserved properly, but having the images is an extraordinary opportunity. In the southwest of the U.S., many of the immigrants come from Chihuahua, because of its proximity to the U.S., being the state just south of New Mexico and Texas.
If you want to see some of the beautiful handwriting in the world, you should check out some of these records.